Archive for March 2013

Man living on the edge after blasting mishap

Mar 20th, 2013 | By

SHELTON — John Wardowski is living life on the edge. But that’s not something he planned for when he bought his raised ranch on Turner Road three years ago. Excavation work and rock blasting at a River Road site adjacent to his property has left his house on the edge of a cliff — with

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Mount Tom’s Power Plant Closing?

Mar 19th, 2013 | By

The company that owns the Mount Tom power plant is keeping mum about the implications of its recent decision to go off line for a year. But environmental groups are celebrating the move as a step toward the long-overdue closing of the coal-burning plant, and one more reason to start planning for life after its

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State’s First Certified ‘Passive House’ Built In Harwinton

Mar 19th, 2013 | By

Paul and Diane Honig’s newly built home has no furnace or conventional central air conditioning, but is perfectly warm in winter and pleasantly cool in summer. On the coldest nights, the equivalent of two hair dryers heats the four-bedroom house. For more on this story, visit: State’s First Certified ‘Passive House’ Built In Harwinton –

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The most hated climate scientist in the US fights back: Michael Mann is taking a stand for science

Mar 19th, 2013 | By

Given the inventively biting rhetoric of the political campaign against climate science, it’s not surprising that Mann was compared to Jerry Sandusky. What’s surprising is that invective at this level didn’t show up sooner. Neela Banerjee reports in Yale Alumni Magazine.



Fuel cell firm lays off workers, ends bus leases

Mar 19th, 2013 | By

A South Windsor company is ending its contract to lease buses powered by fuel cells to the state after laying off between 100 and 170 workers.



Tom Andersen Delivers The Good, the Bad, the Expensive News on LIS

Mar 19th, 2013 | By

Andersen provided a very graphic and depressing picture of the Sound’s condition back in the summer of 1987, when the waters were so low in oxygen and so high in hydrogen sulfide that lobsters and fish were actually crawling or flipping out of the water in desperation. Scuba divers trying to survey the extent of

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State considers an energy auction

Mar 19th, 2013 | By

If the plan succeeds, the state’s coffers could see as much as $80 million in new revenue. Dennis Schain, spokesman for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, said Monday that the DEEP and officials from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s office are now talking about how best to proceed. For more on this story,

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State’s New Plan For Renewables Turns To Large Hydropower, Away From Biomass

Mar 19th, 2013 | By

State environmental officials are trying to decrease reliance on energy from wood-burning biomass and tap into hydropower from dams in Canada to help meet its escalating renewable-energy targets, something it expects this year to miss for the first time. “The incentives in this marketplace haven’t produced enough on-the-ground renewable projects,” Commissioner Daniel Esty of the

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Courant Editorial: Ban youths under 18 from tanning beds

Mar 19th, 2013 | By

A tan isn’t worth teens increasing their risk for skin cancer. The General Assembly should send that unequivocal message by passing a proposed ban on the use of indoor tanning devices for those under the age of 18.



An Earth System Model Envisions High Future Global Temperatures | Henry Auer

Mar 18th, 2013 | By

Prinn, Sokolov and a Massachusetts Institute of Technology research group have developed an Integrated Global System Model for future climate development. The model constructs computational modules that describe interactions between the physical world, and human economic and social activity, in order to project future climate conditions using probabilistic methods. Five scenarios are devised, ranging from

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Speak out to defeat Bill 1138. Submit even a brief testimony and send a loud message.

Mar 18th, 2013 | By

From Duncan Broatch CSPPA Sorry about this late notice but it looks like our Connecticut legislators are pulling a fast one here; A new proposed “substitute” bill, SB 1138, An Act Concerning Connecticut’s Clean Energy Goals, was introduced in Connecticut Friday. This bill appears to create a long-term contracting opportunity with Hydro Quebec outside of

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Mar 18th, 2013 | By

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Stretching UConn’s Water Budget, Part I

Mar 15th, 2013 | By

As UConn and Mansfield envision our future over the next 50 years, it’s clear that an additional source of water will be required to meet the needs of both the town and the campus in the coming decades. Our shared goal is not just development, but sustainable development, of important proposed projects such as the long-awaited UConn Tech Park on our North Campus, a managed retirement community in Storrs, and the commercial redevelopment of the Four Corners area, about a mile north of campus on Route 195.



Solar By The Numbers: How The U.S. Industry Broke Records In 2012

Mar 15th, 2013 | By

The newly released Solar Market Insight report from the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research confirms that the market took several important leaps forward last year.



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Mar 15th, 2013 | By

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State Department Releases Flawed Environmental Assessment of Keystone XL Pipeline

Mar 15th, 2013 | By

A recent State Department draft environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline project is seriously flawed, calling the project “environmentally sound” even as it fails to properly identify threats to wildlife and habitat such as the destruction of tens of thousands of acres of prime bird habitat in Canada’s Boreal forest.



Support grows for bills addressing rising sea level, storm surges

Mar 15th, 2013 | By

Sea level in Long Island Sound is expected to rise 1½ feet by 2050, according to testimony from Leah Schmalz, Save the Sound’s director of legislative and legal affairs.



UConn students propose solution to fix quality of stormwater runoff

Mar 14th, 2013 | By

The area has higher than normal levels of erosion and inefficient water treatment, according to a story on the UConn engineering website.



Campaign to Save Coogan Farm in Mystic Reaches Milestone

Mar 14th, 2013 | By

With the recent award of a $500,000 state grant, the Campaign for Coogan Farm has now raised over $2.6 million towards its $3.5 million goal to conserve the 34-acre parcel as a natural historic park.



State Honors Green Schools for Encouraging Healthy Students and Environmental Education

Mar 14th, 2013 | By

State officials, environmental groups, and educational organizations supporting the initiative celebrated the initial success of Connecticut’s Green LEAF Schools program today Thursday, March 14, 2013 – designed to create “green” and healthy schools.